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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Owe the IRS Money? Here’s How to Pay.

Written by IRS

If you owe federal taxes, you should pay by the April deadline even if you get an extension. Here are some options for making your payment easy: Use Direct Pay. IRS Direct Pay is a free and secure way to pay directly from your checking or savings account. Pay by Debit or Credit Card...

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Know Your Rights with the IRS

Written by IRS

The IRS created the Taxpayer Bill of Rights to make it simple for taxpayers to know their rights when dealing with the IRS. If you have a tax issue, you are guaranteed assistance through the Taxpayer Advocate Service, a department whose job it is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly. For more information about the Taxpayer Bill of Rights or Taxpayer Advocate Service, read Publication 1, "Your Rights as a Taxpayer," or contact a qualified tax expert. Tip courtesy of IRS...

Tuesday, 05 January 2016

Tax Season Begins January 19

Written by IRS

Though Congress passed many new tax provisions in the final days of the year, the IRS still plans to start the 2015 tax season on schedule. Here are a few tips to help your tax preparation go more smoothly: The filing deadline will be Monday, April 18, 2016 for most of the country. Taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts will have until Tuesday, April 19 due to the celebration of Patriots Day. Get your paperwork in order...

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Five-Minute Tax Briefing® November 24, 2015

Written by Thomson Reuters

Federal Unemployment Tax Return (FUTA) Credit Reductions for 2015: Employers in certain states and the Virgin Islands, with an outstanding federal unemployment insurance loan for at least two years, are subject to FUTA credit reduction under IRC Sec. 3302 on the 2015 Form 940. Most employers have a net FUTA tax rate of 0.6 percent (6 percent tax rate - 5...

Monday, 02 November 2015

CCH Tax Briefings, BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT OF 2015

Written by Woulters Kluwer

Budget Agreement Repeals TEFRA/ELP Partnership Audit Rules, ACA Automatic Enrollment Legislation that eliminates the so-called TEFRA unified partnership audit rules (as first introduced in the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982), along with the electing large partnership (ELP) rules, in favor of a more streamlined audit regime has been approved by Congress and is on its way to the White House for President Obama's expected signature. Repeal of the existing partnership audit rules is part of a two-year federal budget agreement intended to avert the threat of a government default. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 also repeals automatic enrollment in certain employer-sponsored retirement plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and revises and expands some existing pension provisions, among other changes. IMPACT...

Monday, 19 October 2015

Tips for Financial Aid Applicants

Written by IRS

If you're applying for financial aid and need to get an official transcript to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), here's how: Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA website to directly import your tax information into the application. This process is much faster than requesting a paper transcript that can take 5-10 calendar days to arrive in the mail. Tip courtesy of IRS...

Friday, 16 October 2015

2015 Year-End Tax Planning

Written by CCH Tax Briefings

Year-End Strategies: Leveraging Traditional Techniques And New Developments Year-end tax planning for individuals and businesses provides not only the opportunity to review the activities of the past year, it also generates an invaluable opportunity to leverage tax planning techniques as they relate to new developments. Individuals and businesses need to question the status quo, explore new strategies, and evaluate potential plans – most of which is done best before the current tax year closes. Year-end tax planning for individuals and businesses is results driven and many developments in 2015 can contribute to a year-end strategy that delivers the greatest value. PLANNING NOTE As in past years, tax legislation – or the lack of tax legislation –is an essential consideration in year-end planning...

Thursday, 08 October 2015

Don’t Miss the October 15 Extension Deadline

Written by IRS

If you requested an extension on your 2014 taxes, your extra time is about to run out. October 15 is the deadline for most people who requested an automatic 6-month extension on filing their taxes. If you haven't filed yet, here's what you need to know: Pay your taxes as soon as possible. Even if you requested an extension, you're still accruing interest on the taxes you may owe...

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Proposed Labor Laws Could Mean Big Changes

Written by Rehmann Team

If business owners think classifying employees and overtime rules are headaches now, recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) directives could make them migraines as soon as next year. Per Crain’s Detroit Business, the department’s interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act “could make more than 5 million salaried employees eligible for overtime pay and allow an additional 2 million or more workers to have health insurance benefits or organize into labor unions...

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

ACA Small Business Tax and Compliance

Written by CCH Tax Briefings

Overview Perhaps the best feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for small businesses is what it does not do: require them to choose between offering their full-time employees ACA-compliant coverage or making Employer Shared Responsibility payments. Only Applicable Large Employers that average over 50 full-time employees a year have to make that choice. There are important positive benefits as well for small employers that do wish to offer coverage. First, employers with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees can buy health coverage for their employees through a state or federal SHOP Exchange...

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